Students in secondary schools as well as some higher institutions of learning have been drilled on the importance picking the right field in order to grow in their careers.
They were provided tips on selecting their right path for their careers during a two-day professional orientation fair that held at the Ekounou campus of the Catholic University for Central Africa, of September 18-19.
The fair was organized by the United Nations Development Programme’s Accelerator Lab, in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education.
The fair offered an opportunity for youth to interact with experts, enterprises and academic institutions who all set up stands to provide vital information for a successful career path or business journey.
“The objective is to put in contact students as well as their parents with professionals, universities and international organizations in order to give them an orientation in their decisions while at school as well as in the professional world,” the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Alassane Ba said.
He added that since the launch of UNDP’s Accelerator Lab in February, they have worked hard on improving access to employment opportunities by youth as well as try to build a strong link between the academic and professional world.
On his part, the Rector of the Catholic University of Central Africa, host institution of the fair presented a module of his institution which facilitates his students to get job after their studies.
“Our strategy is one of enabling our students to constantly be on practical while studying. We try to put our students in contact with the professional world so that by the end of their studies, they are no strangers to it,” Father Jean Bertrand Salla said.